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What God Forgets!

I read a fantastic devotional from Joel Osteen ministries that is worth a moment of your time. It's entitled, "What God Forgets."

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE
"I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for My own sake, and remembers your sins no more"
(Isaiah 43:25, NIV).

Did you know that the very moment you repent of your sin, God does not remember it anymore? Why is it that so many people constantly focus on their past mistakes and wrongdoings? Let me challenge you today—stop remembering what God has already forgotten! Start receiving His mercy and let the past be the past.

In order to receive the new things God wants to do in your life, you have to let go of the old. Once you ask for God´s forgiveness, quit dwelling on your mistakes and failures. As long as you´re looking back, you will never be able to move forward. Maybe the past just keeps coming back to your mind, but do you know who keeps bringing it up? The enemy. He´s called the accuser of the breth…

Thoughts About Kingdom Culture

Once again, I've noticed something this summer... weeds grow without necessitating water, food or attention. Weeds overtake lawns, gardens & mulch by crowding out whatever is in its path. I can pull weeds out, use weed spray & take all of the necessary precautions but they always seem to find a way to invade my yard! If you're going to have a weed-free lawn & garden, you will need to stay focused! Over the last few weeks I've been talking about establishing a Kingdom Culture in our lives. If you want to build a Kingdom-centered life, you need to be ever-aware of the weeds that will grow in your life & try to crowd out the Kingdom. It's the little things in our every day life that make the difference. Let's defeat the weeds in our lives this summer by establishing a Kingdom culture in our lives!

Here are a few thoughts about culture from Lyall Mercer...
"While every nation and every community has an overall culture, within the larger enti…

Kingdom Culture- "Authority"

Yesterday I shared a message about the DNA of the Kingdom of God. As Kingdom people, we need to understand that our relationship with God is established by accepting His agreement with us that is established upon the work of Jesus Christ. (John 3:16) Our future success in life is dependent upon our decision to submit to the authority of God and His Word in every area of our lives. Take a moment to read this story (click here) and consider these two scriptures below.

"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:7
"I have given you authority …to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you"
(Luke 10:19, NIV)

When you walk in agreement with God's Word, you begin to understand that he has given you all the power and authority that you need to overcome every obstacle you may face in life! In this Kingdom culture, it means that you are able to do what God has called you to do. You can accomplish the Kingdom go…

Part 3, Kingdom Culture- Kingdom DNA

THE CULTURE OF THE KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD
Are established upon a disagreement with God’s Word & focused on these 3 things: PASSION -- POSSESSION-- POSITION
1 John 2:15-17 (NKJV)

What Is God’s Kingdom?
God’s kingdom is not of this WORLD (John 18:36, Luke 17:20-21), it’s TRANSFORMATIONAL (1 Cor. 4:20, Rom. 12:2), RELATIONAL & SPIRITUAL. (Romans 14:17) It’s wherever Jesus is KING! (Matthew 6:10)

How Do You Know That You Are Building a Kingdom Culture (DNA) In Your Life?
1. Kingdom People Put GOD First. (Matthew 6:33, Luke 14:15-23)
2. Kingdom People Put OTHERS First. (Romans 12:10, Luke 14:1-14)
3. Kingdom People Live From A Place Of AGREEMENT. (Amos 3:3, 1 Cor. 1:10, Matthew 12:25, Matthew 18:19)
4. Kingdom People Are People Who Understand AUTHORITY. *read to Matthew 8:5-13

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has estab…

It's the end of the world as we know it...

Had the honor to hang out with our rock'in youth ministry last night. Pastor Jake, Kim & the entire team are doing an incredible job & had over 100 teens in the house. We welcomed our 100th person to the Kingdom of God last night, which was incredible! Pastor Jake asked me to talk about the end times. The end times is very complex so I shared just a few points. It's good to remind ourselves that Jesus did say that He would return so that we are busy doing what He told us to do & ready for Him. Here are the notes from what I shared...

“Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, 21 or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.” 2 Peter 1:20-21 (NLT)

Will The World End? Answer: YES
2 I want you to remember what the holy prophets said long ago and what our Lord and Savior commanded through your apostles. 3 Most importantly, I want to remind you th…

One Of My Dreams!

One of the dreams of my life is to take my family to Australia to experience the outback & the Hillsong Conference. God has given me a great respect & love for Hillsong church. I have very few dreams & desires that don't center around the Kingdom Of God. One of my greatest desires is to help create a house of healing & hope, much like Hillsong, right here in amishland. The spirit & DNA of that church (house) is such a big part of who we are & what we do here at this house (Freedom Life). Check out the highlights from this great conference. Experience for a moment what we will have in our community one day! (minus the cool Australian accents)
Hillsong Conference Highlights 2009 from Hillsong Church on Vimeo.

Tear Down The Walls- Hillsong United

This past weekend our worship team rocked the house with this incredible song from Hillsong United! If you missed it or enjoyed this magnificent song like so many of us did, feel free to enjoy the video below. The entire C.D. will be available in our bookstore this weekend. I pray that you let God tear down the walls in your life this week & that you bring the Kingdom to someone!

Kingdom Culture- "Excellence"

I wanted to share a devotional on a topic that needs a greater place in all of our lives. I'm referring to the idea of "excellence." As believers we should work hard at having a culture of genuine authenticity & progressive excellence. This past weekend I shared a word picture that I believe illustrates the need for excellence in our church family & everyday lives. When people walk into your life & into our church are they walking into a dirty convenience store bathroom or into a 5 star resort. We should work hard at honoring others by presenting ourselves & the message of Jesus in an authentic & thoroughly excellent manner. Let's prefer, honor & bless others with excellence! A Spirit of excellence is part of the Kingdom culture that God has established & expects from us. Enjoy the devotional!

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might" (Ecclesiastes 9:10a, NAS)

TODAY'S WORD from Joe…

Kingdom Culture, Part 2- The DNA of the Kingdom

Below are the notes from this past weeks message. I want to encourage you to represent the King (Jesus) & His Kingdom well this week. We need to remember that we bring the Kingdom of Heaven to others when we put God first, put others first (honor) & live from a place of agreement. I hope that you have a fantastic week & that you make a difference in someone's life for eternity this week!

How Do You Know That You Are Building a Kingdom Culture (DNA) In Your Life?

1. Kingdom People Put GOD First.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
*see Luke 14:15-23

2. Kingdom People Put OTHERS First.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10 (NIV)
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all." Mark 9:35
*see Luke 14:1-14

3. Kingdom People Live From A Place Of A…

Kingdom Culture, Part 1- A Tale Of Two Kingdoms

This past weekend I shared a message entitled, "A Tale of Two Kingdoms." The Kingdoms (value system) of this world is founded on disagreements with God. I encouraged everyone to make a choice to be in agreement with God & His Word. Jesus taught us that agreement is the place of power. I want to encourage you to make a decision to allow the Kingdom of God to be established in your life & your heart today by coming into agreement with His Word & by turning from the temptation of focusing on passion, possession & position. Seek first God's Kingdom and his right-ness, & He'll provide for everything else.

The King of the Kingdoms of this world is SATAN
The Culture of his Kingdom is simply this: (see Matthew 4:1-17)
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father b…

Two Great Books for Dads

Below are two fantastic books that every Dad should read. They are free & online. The first book is one that I gave to the men of our church on Father's day & is a must read.
YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES by John Eldridge- click here
The second book is an excellent book that will challenge every guy. It is worth the few minutes that it will take you to read. Take a few moments & check it out.
PASTOR DAD by Mark Driscoll- click here
There is a wussification of men, not just in the world but in the church. God has called us to be men of integrity, character, passion, sacrifice & leadership. I pray that as you read these two books that you will be challenged to become the man that God has called you to be!